Preventing cavities on your child’s teeth is important. This is especially true for the permanent teeth that will need to serve them throughout the bulk of their adult life.
Having a dental checkup performed every six months by a dentist like Dr. R. Bruce Howell will help to detect any early signs of tooth decay and gum disease as well as monitor their oral development. This might also include applying a preventive measure.
If Dr. R. Bruce Howell notices deep textures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface of your child’s permanent molars and premolars, he might recommend dental sealants. These areas can potentially start to trap bacterial deposits that foster tooth decay.
The durable dental resin of the dental sealants can create a protective barrier between any bacterial matter and the underlying tooth enamel. The treatment can generally be performed at the end of the dental checkup.
Once the dental sealants have been applied, they will be hardened and bonded to the tooth enamel with a special ultraviolet light. At this point, they can potentially last up to ten years, despite the rigors of chewing food and twice daily brushing.
If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and your child has an oral health concern, you should call 801-802-7200 to schedule a dental checkup at Orem Pediatric Dentistry.